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'Boy Meets World' Star Trina McGee Sets The Record Straight About Being Called 'Aunt Jemima' On Set By Costar

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Racism and discrimination in the workplace are definitely not okay.

They are unfortunately realities many Black people still face.


Trina McGee brought up some of the discrimination she faced while working on Boy Meets World in the '90s in an effort to call attention to the realities still facing people of color in film and TV.

Trina, who played Angela Moore on the show, tweeted earlier this year about several incidences of discrimination she had experienced while filming Boy Meets World.

Her original tweet didn't name any names, just sought to bring awareness to what had happened.

She expanded further on the situation in the comments.


She has since clarified that one of the people who made inappropriate comments, Will Friedle, apologized to her over 20 years ago.

She added he apologized again in the last few days with a heartfelt letter.

"FOR THE RECORD: WILL FRIEDLE the man responsible for [AuntJemimagate], apologized to me 22 years ago and again days ago in a in a three-page letter."
"We talked more on it and he acknowledged that he really wasn't educated enough in his early twenties to know he was truly offending me."

She said she thought this should be an important lesson for everyone about how to handle past mistakes.

She also touched on the importance of recognizing each other's humanity.

"THIS SHOULD AND COULD BE A TEACHING MOMENT FOR ALL. For all people of all races or different backgrounds."
"He has conveyed to me how much this has changed his perception of comedy. And humanity."
"We all fall short of sensitivity at times, but let's be real on what EXTREME RACISM IS."

She also clarified what she considers extreme racism and how damaging it was to her own family.

"I believe extreme racism is when my grandfather had to leave South Carolina in the middle of the night because the clerk had given him the wrong change and he pointed this out to the white store owner and was threatened with lynching."
"Scuddie McGee left South Carolina that night for fear of his life. Bringing his small family along with him to New Jersey."

McGee and Friedle have talked openly about the impact of Will's words, and the impact of Trina making them public.

Both have forgiven each other and learned from the interaction.

"I'm not backing down on the truth. It's stands."
"Will apologized to me and I forgave him, I then apologized to him for making the statements public because his joke came out of just not knowing, not viciousness and he forgave me."
"That's what friends do."

She finished the Instagram post with a message of hope to everyone.

"Now get back to washing your hands and surviving this pandemic and let love and hope be the next pandemic."

The other cast members still have not been named.

It seems like McGee is waiting for them to come forward themselves.

You can get the Boy Meets World: The Complete Series Collection here.